It is hard to believe that the September 11th attacks were really eleven years ago today. For better or for worse, it was the event that defined our generation. I remember when we said that about the Challenger explosion and then again about Columbine. I’m going to cross my fingers and hope that no one does something to one-up 9/11. Below the video, I’ve posted some of the numbers from that day just so that you remember them. The video is something entirely brighter. One World Trade Center started construction in 2006. This video shows its rise towards the sky beginning in 2010 until the present.

Stats care of NYMAG

Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819
Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
Number of NYPD officers: 23
Number of Port Authority police officers: 37
Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115
Bodies found “intact”: 289
Body parts found: 19,858
Number of families who got no remains: 1,717
Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609
Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20
Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000